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Jun 07
USB Fever releases two new iPad, iPhone products

USB Fever has released two new products for the iPad and iPhone.

The Filio Leather case for iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1861) is an US$31.99 synthetic leather case that folds closed like a notebook or opens to be positioned as a stand at any viewing angle. With the Apple tablet inside, the Dock connector, buttons and switches are all fully accessible for charging and controlling iPad. A protective film is included to cover the iPad LCD. There is also a cleaning cloth to wipe away dirt or dust after use.

The Hard Crystal Back Cover for iPhone 3G/iPhone 3Gs (http://usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1856) is a $12.99 back cover...

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Jun 07
HP unveils web-enabled printing solutions

HP (http://www.hp.com) has unveiled a new category of web-enabled printing solutions designed for the cloud that will print from any email device -- including the iPad -- to any new ePrint-enabled printer from anywhere in the world through the new HP ePrint platform.

With the printers, you can store documents or files in the cloud and print direct when needed and
manage and customize your printing experience through the new HP ePrintCenter . To showcase these new solutions, HP announced a full suite of web-empowered e-All-in-One printers for home and business that start at US$99.

These will be the first printers able to “talk” to the “Google Cloud” without requiring a local proxy computer or web appliance, which means people will be able to access Google Docs, Photos and Calendar directly from their printers, according to Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. A selection...

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Jun 07
'MacVoices' looks at working on the iPad

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Mac expert Joe Kissell, author of the new "Take Control of Working with Your iPad" title, talks about his new book.

Working on your iPad may not be the first think you think of, but he helps set expectations, explaining what the iPad is and is not good for, talking about whether it can or cannot replace a laptop, and even if it should. If you adopt a pioneering spirit, and are willing to do a little planning, you can get a lot of work done with your iPad.

Kissell gives some real-world examples, discusses how cloud apps in general and Google Docs in particular work with the iPad, and covers web surfing limitations and browser alternatives to Safari. Moving digital assets to and from the iPad is currently an "area of pain," and he talks about how to take some of the sting out of the process, the pros and cons of the Calendar app, editing documents...

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Jun 07
2010 Mac OS X Ars Design Award winners announced

"Ars Technica" has named its 2010 Mac OS X Ars Design Award winners, honors the publication decided to bestow after Apple limited its 2010 Worldwide Developer Conference Awards to iPhone OS apps. You can read all about the Ars Design Awards -- including who the judges were and what the prizes are -- at http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/06/2010-ars-design-award-winners-..., but here are a list of the winners:

° Best New Mac OS X App: Transmit 4 by Panic
Runner up: 1Password 3 by Agile Web Solutions

° Best Mac OS X User Experience: Tweetie for Mac by atebits
Runner up: Transmit 4 by Panic

° Most Innovative Mac OS X App: Dropbox by Dropbox
Runner up: Snippets by Lucky Ants

° Best Mac OS X App for Education: Papers...

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Jun 07
Jedit X text editor for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Artman21 (http://www.artman21.com/en/jedit_x/) has updated Jedit X, the Cocoa-based text editor for Mac OS X, to version 2.22. It's a maintenance update with four improvements and two bug fixes.

Jedit X is an Universal Binary app so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The cost is US$28 for a single-user license, though version 2.22 is a free update for registered users.

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Jun 05
Get your geek on at the 2010 MacTech Conference

On the weekend prior to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, "MacTech Magazine" (http://www.mactech.com) announced it will be holding the MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers, Nov. 3-5, 2010 in Los Angeles.

The three-day, session-packed event will have sessions and activities throughout the day and evening giving attendees the opportunity to not only learn from the best, but get to know others in the industry.

"We've been considering a conference for many years now, but the timing was never quite right. Now, the timing is right, and 'MacTech' is here to serve the community," said Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, "MacTech Magazine." "In both the IT and development communities, bonding with peers is among the top requests, and the MacTech Conference will be built to serve those wishes from beginning."

The MacTech Conference will have two separate tracks: one focused on IT...

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Jun 05
Safari 5 to be announced at WWDC

Christophe Laporte, editor-in-chief of "MacGeneration," is a French language publication covering all things Apple, tells us that Safari 5 will be announced Monday during Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote at the Worldwide Developer Conferencer.

Laport says that, according to their sources, Safari 5 will be announced at the WWDC. He says it will be "a nice release with a lot of improvements," including a 25% increase in speed, better JavaScript performance, Bing support, better page caching, a smarter address field, better HTML support, new developer tools and hardware acceleration for Windows.

You'll find all the release notes (in English) on this page: http://www.macgeneration.com/news/voir/157341/exclu-mac-os-10.6.4-et-saf... .

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Jun 04
Apple seven among global computer makers

The one U.S. computer OEM [original equipment manufacturer' that managed to outperform the personal computer market in the first quarter of 2010 was Apple, whose shipments rose by 32.4% from a year earlier, says a new report from iSuppli Market Research (http://www.isuppli.com).

“Apple’s Macintosh line is benefitting from the halo effect of the enormous popularity of its iPhones and iPads,” Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms at iSuppli, says.

Driven by booming sales among Asian OEMs, global computer shipments surged by 22.7% in the first quarter, marking the highest year-over-year growth ever recorded by iSuppli Corp. Shipments in the first quarter totaled 81.5 million units, up from 66.5 million during the same period in 2009.

Apple places number seven on iSuppli's global list of computer vendors. iSuppli says the company has 3.4% global market share. Ahead of Apple on...

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Jun 04
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 4

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

myYearbook, a place to meet new people and one of the 25 most-trafficked sites in the U.S., has announced the availability of its first iPhone application. myYearbook Chatter. It offers a free, real-time location-based stream that receives over one million posts per day.

Booyah, developer and publisher of the location-based MyTown  app, has updated it to version 4.0. The free app delves further into the intersection of the real world and the virtual world in the latest version.

Greg Hughes has released Wi-Fi Sync, a wireless syncing application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's available at a promotional sale price of $4.99. On June 11, the application returns to its $9.99 retail cost.

Pix Rev Srl has launched Polly Bad...

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Jun 04
Big Nerd Ranch Europe offers iPhone Bootcamp in August

Big Nerd Ranch Europe, a provider of training classes for programmers and system administrators, is offering the iPhone Bootcamp) Aug. 16-20 at Kloster Eberbach, near Frankfurt, Germany. The five-day class, taught by Scott Ritchie, looks at the integral components of iPhone development and emerge fully skilled in the ability to develop complex applications for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The class price of €2800 includes lodging, all meals, original instruction materials, 24-hour lab access, and ground transportation to and from the Frankfurt airport. Participants save Euro 200 when signing up before Aug. 14. Students are encouraged to bring independent projects to class, allowing for input from classmates and individual instructor attention.

The course requires no previous experience in coding in Objective-C or for the Mac or the iPhone, but students attending the bootcamp should be familiar with C and an object-oriented language like Java or C++. The class is taught...

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Jun 04
Gumdrop launches 4G iPhone cases (though no 4G iPhone has been...

Well, one company at least is certain that Apple will announce a 4G iPhone at next week's Worldwide Developer Conference. Tim Hickman has announced today the launch of Gumdrop Cases, a mobile accessories brand dedicated to the active youth lifestyle market.  

And Gumdrop Cases is now shipping two lines of 4G iPhone cases, in anticipation of Apple’s 4G iPhone/Phone HD announcement next week. Shipping now, the Gumdrop and Moto (pictured) skins for the 4G iPhone complement active lives with equal parts durability and fashion, says Hickman. Priced from $29.95 to $34.95, the next generation iPhone skins are available exclusively on the new Gumdrop Cases web site (http://www.gumdropcases.com) with other retailers being announced in the coming months. Additional surf/skate inspired lines will debut in mid-June for both the 4G iPhone and iPad.   

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Jun 04
Virtual Programming Reissues X3: Reunion as non-cider port

Virtual Programming has gone back to the well and reissued the Mac OS X version of X3: Reunion as a non-Cider port.

"We weren't happy with X3: Reunion's performance when using Cider, and it turned out many of our customers weren't either," says Virtual Programming CEO Mark Hinton. "As a gesture of goodwill, we reengineered the game as a native port that's a free update for existing customers. Starting today, new X3: Reunion customers will receive the non-Cider version of the game."

The non-Cider port of X3: Reunion can be purchased now at http://www.deliver2mac.com/ as a digital download for US$34.95.

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Jun 04
Logo Design Studio Pro update adds new vector design options

Macware has updated Logo Design Studio Pro (http://www.macwareinc.com/products/LDSPro/overview.html), a vector based logo design application for Mac OS X, to version 1.9.800. The upgrade adds new vector design options, improves overall usability, and fixes all reported bugs from earlier versions.

Logo Design Studio Pro lets you design logo objects, then add or change text, shapes, color gradients and more to get the look right. Vector design tools allow you to scale logos to any size without losing their sharpness and clarity. You can even make your logo background transparent to blend in on any web or print-based project.

Logo Design Studio Pro is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The software costs US$59.99, though the update is free for registered users.

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Jun 04
Apple web page extols virtues of HTML5

Apple has posted a new web page,"HTML5 and web standards" (http://www.apple.com/html5/), praising the virtues of HTML5, which Apple (or at least Steve Jobs) prefers over Adobe's Flash.

HTML5 is being developed as the next major revision of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the core markup language of the web. It's touted as the next standard for HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 and DOM Level 2 HTML and is designed to to reduce the need for proprietary plug-in-based rich internet application (RIA) technologies such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun JavaFX.

"Every new Apple mobile device and every new Mac -- along with the latest version of Apple’s Safari web browser -- supports web standards including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript," Apple says on the HTML5 page. "These web standards are open, reliable, highly secure, and efficient. They allow web designers and developers to create advanced...

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Jun 04
Alas, no iPhone-iPad tethering

If you were hoping to take advantage of AT&T's recently announced iPhone tethering capability in the U.S. to provide an Internet connection for their iPad, well, you're gonna be disappointed.

Responding to a question posed on "TechFlash" (http://www.techflash.com/) by Steve Rubel, an AT&T spokeswoman told the publication via email that it won't be possible to tether the iPhone to the iPad to share Internet access with the Apple slate. Rubel says that's because the iPad doesn't have any USB ports to enable a wired connection between the devices.

So what about Bluetooth? Apple own support page says the iPhone allows wireless Bluetooth tethering. But in another "TechFlash" comment, Mac guru Glenn Fleishman notes that he "discovered in testing that the iPad includes the Bluetooth profile required for tethering, but it is not enabled."

Tethering is using a cell phone as a modem for...

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Jun 04
MemoryMiner 2.1 adds HTML5-based web viewer

GroupSmarts has announced MemoryMiner 2.1 (http://www.memoryminer.com/), an update to their digital storytelling application for Mac OS X. Designed an an complement the iLife suite, MemoryMiner is all about capturing and exploring your life memories.

It allows anyone to zero in on the stories depicted in their photos by linking them to each other based on people, places and time. While photos are used as the starting point, the goal is always uncovering the backstory.

New features in 2.1 include:

° A new HTML5-based web viewer with Ken Burns style pan and zoom;

° A new "Soft Landing" window that appears on first launch to assist first-time users;

° User experience refinements ;

° Improved FTP upload support, including secure transfer.

With MemoryMiner, you can directly record audio or video to capture the backstory of a photo. You can attach documents,...

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Jun 04
nova media offers support for mobile Internet connections in...

nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has launched support for South African mobile networks with its 3G connection manager launch2net Premium and 3G surfsticks.

launch2net Premium now includes connection settings for the South African networks Cell C, MTN, Rentafone, Virgin Mobile as well as VodaCom. All nova media 3G surfsticks support the 900 and 2100 MHz frequency range used in South Africa and come bundled with launch2net Premium in a version for Macs.

launch2net Premium can share a 3G modem connection using its Mobile Hub technology. Mobile Hub turns a Mac into a Wi-Fi hotspot and allows other WLAN devices to log into the new network just like any other Wi-Fi network. Mobile Hub features a blacklist to deny access and offers WEP 128-bit security. In addition, launch2net Premium offers a connection statistics and a SMS text message manager.

launch2net Premium is available today for...

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Jun 04
Speed Download for Mac OS X speeds to version 5.2.17

Yazsoft (http://www.yazsoft.com) has released Speed Download 5.2.17, the latest version of its Mac OS X download manager that combines four products: a download manager with auto-resuming downloads, a secure FTP client, a file sharing utility with full encryption, and .Mac/iDisk/WEBDAV connectivity.

The upgrade offers offers optimized performance and more reliability. Speed Download requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. It costs US$25 for a single-user license. Speed Download is available in US English, French and Polish localizations.

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Jun 04
Kubota Image Tools releases Dashboard 3, Texture Tools, more

Kubota Image Tools (http://www.kubotaimagetools.com/store) has released its Dashboard 3 Pro software, as well as the Kubota Texture Tools and the re-released Kubota Sloppy Borders (now Dashboard 3-compatible).

Dashboard 3 Pro (US$79) is a floating palette within Photoshop that acts like a mini search engine for Photoshop actions, enabling photographers to manage and run their entire actions collection. The latest version includes the ability to keyword search for actions, update action descriptions and mark favorites for future use.

Also available immediately are the new Kubota Borders and Textures on their own Dashboard. The “Earth Textures -- Smooth Organic Pak” and the “Industrial Textures -- High Tech Electric Pak” provide users with a method to add textures to images. Each Pak includes 50 textures individually created in conjunction with professional photographer...

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Jun 04
Cartographica for Mac OS X adds Bing services, more

ClueTrust has announced Cartographica 1.2 (http://www.macgis.com), an update to their Geographical Information System (GIS) software for Mac OS X. The new version adds Bing services. It also builds on Cartographica's exploratory interface and adds:

° Flexible labeling that can show multiple fields in multiple styles on one or more lines;

° Improved Illustrator export, using layers to provide all the geospatial and textual data, plus legends that can be styled for direct inclusion into documents;

° New formula fields that enable calculations using higher math as well as ready use of geoprocessing data, and can be updated in real time;

° Live Maps that incorporate access to a variety of tile-servers and WMS services to put data into context quickly;

° Increased speed and reduced memory footprint.

Cartographica provides a set of tools that enable the user to explore, analyze...

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Jun 04
Tidy Up for Mac OS X tidied up to version 2.2.3

Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.2.3, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X.

Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.2.3 addsthe possibility to search for empty song tags within all supported tag information.

Tidy Up 2.2.3 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free.

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Jun 04
'MacVoices' looks at taking control of the iPad

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Tonya Engst tells how and why she stepped out of her usual editor's role to author her first Take Control book, "Take Control of iPad Basics."

This free book forms the cornerstone for a total of four Take Control titles that focus on different aspects of the iPad experience. You think you know the iPad basics? Engst talks about the fact that even though the basics are really basics, there are gestures you may not be familiar with that are so useful, she finds herself trying to use them on her MacBook.

This title also covers the many options for syncing your iPad, the interface, Apple's standards and what developers are doing within those guidelines. Some basic but less-than-obvious tips on using Safari and surfing on the iPad, how best to read all the Take Control books on the iPad, and why the final chapter teaches you how to give a demo of your...

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Jun 04
TextCrypt designed to keep your info safe

SubRosaSoft.com (http://www.subrosasoft.com/) has released TextCrypt, $29.95 software designed to keep your info safe and secure. It uses the industry standard Rijndael AES-128 encryption algorithm to protect your data, then utilizes Base64 encoding to make it easier for copying and pasting, according to Marko Kostyrko CEO of SubRosaSoft.com.

All you have to do is enter your password and your message. TextCrypt will encrypt your message, making it safer for posting on Facebook, email, or instant messages, he says. Only the correct password will unlock your secret.

It's available at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$29.95 plus shipping for the CD version -- or $19.95 if you prefer to download. A demo is available for download. TextCrypt works on Mac OS X (10.4 and higher), Windows, and Linux systems.

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Jun 04
Apple now seven among global computer makers

The one U.S. computer OEM [original equipment manufacturer' that managed to outperform the personal computer market in the first quarter of 2010 was Apple, whose shipments rose by 32.4% from a year earlier, says a new report from iSuppli Market Research (http://www.isuppli.com).

“Apple’s Macintosh line is benefitting from the halo effect of the enormous popularity of its iPhones and iPads,” Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms at iSuppli, says.

Driven by booming sales among Asian OEMs, global computer shipments surged by 22.7% in the first quarter, marking the highest year-over-year growth ever recorded by iSuppli Corp. Shipments in the first quarter totaled 81.5 million units, up from 66.5 million during the same period in 2009.

Apple places number seven on iSuppli's global list of computer vendors. iSuppli says the company has 3.4% global market share. Ahead of Apple on...

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Jun 03
Apple drops to third in 2010 RescueCom Reliability Report

RescueCom's Computer Reliability Report starts out on a high note in 2010, with all five leading manufacturers putting up superior reliability scores to last year's averages. Apple, last year's overall leader, improved its reliability score, but that still wasn't good enough to maintain the top spot in the first quarter of 2010.

Instead Apple dropped to third place. IBM/Lenovo decidedly took first place improving their score over 200 points from their average last year. Asus also posted significant gains and took second place. Rounding out the top five were Toshiba and HP/Compaq, respectively.

The report looks measures computer reliability on two fundamentals. The first being the quality of the components and software used in manufacturing the computer. The second is the after-sale support the manufacturer provides to its customers.

How exactly does RescueCom measure these fundamentals to calculate an unbiased reliability score for each manufacturer? The...

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